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Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers in “Southside With You.”

Movie Review

The movie about Barack and Michelle’s first date is good. Too bad it was released now.

“Southside With You” comes at a time when so many people will not be able to enjoy it because of our polarized politics.

A rainbow over Paisley Park near a memorial for Prince, in Chanhassen, Minn.

Prince’s home, Paisley Park, to open for public tours

The company that runs Elvis Presley’s Graceland will manage the Minn. estate.

Jane Levy in the horror flick “Don’t Breathe.”

Movie Review

In ‘Don’t Breathe,’ breaking in and not getting out

In this gory thriller, messing with a blind veteran is not a good idea.

Robert De Niro and Edgar Ramirez in “Hands of Stone.”

Movie Review

In Duran biopic, fighting the good fight

“Hands of Stone” shows the boxing champion inside the ring and out.

Emily Ruskowski

Laugh lines

Emily Ruskowski

A joke from Emily Ruskowski, who is recording her first album Friday and Saturday at Great Scott in Allston.

Gilad Kahana (left), Natalie Portman, and Amir Tessler in “A Tale of Love and Darkness.”

Movie Review

Portman directs ‘Tale’ with love and darkness

The Oscar-winning actress makes her directorial debut with adaptation of Amos Oz’s memoir.


From feral Pokemon to vanquished gossips

A review of the week in things.

Looking to season seven of ‘Game of Thrones’

“Game of Thrones” chatter never stops.

Daily guide of TV and radio highlights

Daily guide of TV and radio highlights


John Krasinski as Captain America?

“The Office” star told Conan O’Brien how he once tried out for the role of the superhero.

The next Electric Earth concert blends readings by Richard Powers (left) with music of Scott Lindroth and Messiaen.

Classical Notes | David Weininger

Richard Powers provides literary strand for Electric Earth concert

“Orfeo,” his most recent novel, serves as a starting point for an ambitious program.

Thalia Zedek (left) leads a seasoned, sure band on “Eve.”

Album review

Thalia Zedek’s songs in the key of life

“Eve,” issued this month on Thrill Jockey, is the latest in an impressive string of Zedek ventures for that influential Chicago label.

The Finger of God, part of “Derek G. Larson + Marc Mitchell: Nothing Ritually” at GRIN.


The play’s the thing, with Derek G. Larson and Marc Mitchell

The painters collaborate in ways that are vibrant and playful in “Nothing Ritually” at GRIN.

Foxborough, MA - 8/24/2016 - New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Rock singer Jon Bon Jovi and his son Romeo at today's Patriots practice in Foxborough. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Jim McBride, Topic: 25Patriots, LOID: 8.2.4058909563.

Jon Bon Jovi is spotted hanging with Bob Kraft at Patriots practice

The rock singer was seen hanging out at the New England football team’s practice on Wednesday with his son, Romeo.

FILE- In this June 27, 2007, file photo Lou Pearlman poses outside his office's at Church Street Station in Orlando, Fla. Pearlman, credited for starting the boy-band craze and launching the careers of the Backstreet Boys and ‘NSync, has died in prison while serving a 25-year sentence for a massive Ponzi scheme. The Orlando Sentinel reported that according to a federal inmate database, the 62-year-old Pearlman died Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Lou Pearlman, 62, Svengali behind Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync

Mr. Pearlman built some of the most successful music groups of the 1990s, one of which launched the career of Justin Timberlake.

Leslie Jones at the premiere of “Ghostbusters.”

Leslie Jones’ website reportedly hacked to show nude photos

The website was reportedly hacked to display images of her driver’s license and other private documents, including nude photographs.

Watch the trailer for ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ starring Casey Affleck

The first trailer for the critically acclaimed “Manchester by the Sea” was released on Wednesday.

“I made a commitment to be honest with everything,” says Thao Nguyen talking about the songs on her new album, “A Man Alive.”

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down illuminate dark memories

Musically superchanged and lyrically intimate, “A Man Alive” by Thao and the Get Down Stay Down is one of the year’s most bracing albums.

Susan Sarandon will play Bette Davis.

TV Critic’s Corner

The cast of ‘Feud’ has been announced. I can die happy.

Critic Matthew Gilbert is a little obsessed with the lineup planned for an upcoming FX series.


Ben Affleck meets the cast of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’

Tickets to the play in London are in such high demand that getting backstage must be impossible, right? That is, unless you’re a celebrity.

Alexis Bledel (left) as Rory and Lauren Graham as Lorelai in “The Gilmore Girls.” A three-day festival for fans of the show will be held this fall in Washington, Conn., the inspiration for Stars Hollow, the show’s fictional setting.

‘Gilmore Girls’ fans can now visit Stars Hollow. Kind of.

The Connecticut town of Washington will play host to its first-ever Fan Fest, a three-day ode to the place that inspired a television phenomenon.

Bruce Springsteen performing at TD Garden in February.


Bruce Springsteen concert tickets at rock-bottom prices?

It’s a good thing Springsteen didn’t schedule a second concert at Gillette Stadium next month because The Boss is having a hard time filling the place.

Sharon Jones in Barbara Kopple’s documentary “Miss Sharon Jones!”

Movie Review

Heart and soul aplenty in ‘Miss Sharon Jones!’

Barbara Kopple’s terrific documentary follows the Dap-Kings frontwoman after she has been diagnosed with stage 2 pancreatic cancer.

Maisie Williams as Arya in a scene from “Game of Thrones.”

‘Nothing will prepare you’ for ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7

We don’t know that much about “Game of Thrones” season 7, but the news that’s trickling out is fun to think about.

NBC’s “Seinfeld” cast: Jason Alexander, Jerry Seinfeld, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

TV Critic’s Corner

The meanest ‘Seinfeld’ episode ever

“The Twin Towers” is indeed in extremely bad taste — and funny, too.

Henry Winkler at his home in LA.

Life is good if you’re Henry Winkler

Acting remains a passion, but Winkler is also a successful author of 32 children’s books and travels the country as a motivational speaker.

Daily guide of TV and radio highlights

A rundown of what’s on local stations Thursday.

Bent Knee will perform at Great Scott on Friday.

The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more

Globe critics’ picks for concerts, shows, and events in Greater Boston this week.

Paul Ramírez Jonas’s “Public Trust” will provide a host of traditional objects for visitors to swear by. The collaborative project will be set up at various locations around Greater Boston over the next three weeks.

Public art project to explore the nature of trust

Artist Paul Ramírez Jonas wants you to keep your promises.

OneRepublic will perform at MixFest.


Want to perform with OneRepublic and Shaggy at MixFest?

Three acts are scheduled to perform at the free music festival on Sept. 17. And the opening act . . . could be you.


Wrentham Day celebration set for Sept. 3

The annual event will feature crafts, games, food, and a 5k road race.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson in the 2006 film “The Departed.”


‘The Departed’ to be made into TV series — but it’s not set in Boston

Will the Amazon series be nearly as good as the movie? Is that even possible?

What it takes to restore the puffin to Maine’s islands

A National Audubon Society project has restored these seabirds to islands off Maine. But could this good work be undone?

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Globe Magazine

If you made $120 million, what would you do?

In an excerpt from Tracy Kidder’s forthcoming book, Internet entrepreneur Paul English decides how to spend a fortune.

With the Olympics completed, Rio de Janeiro is now preparing to host the Paralympics next month.

Russian athletes banned from upcoming Paralympics

The Court of Arbitration for Sport punished the country for its state-backed doping program.

Cathy Young, dean of dance for Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Boston Conservatory at Berklee teams with London’s Royal Academy of Dance

The Conservatory will become the first institution of higher learning in the United States to offer students the Royal Academy of Dance’s internationally recognized teacher training program in ballet.

Recent movie reviews

A snapshot of recent Globe reviews of movies in the theaters.

Keegan-Michael Key will star in “Friends From College,” which will be written and produced by Harvard grads Nick Stoller and Francesca Delbanco.


Netflix announces new comedy series ‘Friends From College’ (i.e. Harvard)

The cast includes Keegan-Michael Key of “Key & Peele” and Fred Savage from “The Wonder Years.”

Dane Cook on stage in 2013 at the Boston Strong benefit.


Dane Cook has the last laugh at Gawker’s expense

The Arlington-bred comedian was an occasional target of Nick Denton’s wry website

Andris Nelson and the Boston Symphony Orchestra won a Gramophone Award for their recording of Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony.


Andris Nelsons, BSO win prestigious Gramophone Awards

The venerable and respected British classical-music magazine announced its annual award winners on Monday.

Frank Ocean (pictured at the 2013 Grammy Awards) delivered the Apple Music release “Blond” on Saturday.

Album review

Frank Ocean rewards patient fans with rich, urgent storytelling

After a four-year drought and an enigmatic overture, the album the singer released online and at pop-up stores was worth the wait.

Daily guide of TV and radio highlights

Daily guide of TV and radio highlights

Billie Jean King arrived for the Hillary Clinton fund-raiser in Provincetown.


Hillary Clinton supporters attend fund-raisers on Cape, Vineyard

The presidential candidate met with backers in Provincetown, Edgartown, and West Tisbury.

Spike Lee spoke at the film festival.


Spike Lee screens Michael Jackson documentary on Vineyard

Lee also discussed the film during his appearance Saturday at the island’s film festival.

Dane DiLiegro (left) and Jack Black at Logan Airport.


Jack Black heads to Italy by way of Boston

The actor wrapped up filming his upcoming comedy “The Polka King” in Rhode Island last week, then traveled to Italy for a one-day shoot.

‘Ben-Hur’ crashes, ‘Suicide Squad’ remains on top

The big-budget remake was trampled under a herd of holdovers and new releases at the box office, the latest casualty in a bruising summer for Hollywood.

Kirsten Dunst


Share and share alike

Kirsten Dunst discusses her reaction to receiving an Emmy nomination for her work in “Fargo.”